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Bird watching is proliferate in the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region and you don't need to be an ornithologist to participate!
Just grab your binoculars and a field guide, and head out to shallow marshes, forest trails, or rugged coastline to view a wide variety of birds in their natural habitat.
The best time for birding is dawn to mid-morning.
For adventurous birders, tree climbing expeditions can hoist you up 150 feet (45.72 m) into an old-growth forest canopy for a bird's eye view. Or visit Eugene's Cascades Raptor Center to learn how birds of prey are an important part of our eco-system. Every season offers new opportunities to view migrating or nesting birds or attend a birding event.
With nearly 200 sites along more than 1,000 miles of scenic roadways, the Cascades is an area for birders of all skill and interest levels. The Delta Old-Growth Trail MORE >>
Where Cape Creek meets the Pacific Ocean, Heceta Head Lighthouse and scenic viewpoint is an excellent location to search for the different types of seabirds that nest and MORE >>
Many of the birds that Lewis & Clark wrote about in their journals over 200 years ago can be found throughout the lush landscape that marks the end of the Oregon Trail. MORE >>
|Local favorites include the Pelican and Rock Sandpiper seabirds, Three-toed Woodpeckers and Nashville Warblers. The Fern Ridge Wildlife Area, just 10 miles (16 km) west of Eugene, hosts over 10,000 acres (4,046 ha) of marshes where 250 species of birds make their home including Great Blue Herons, Yellow-headed Blackbirds, and Red-shouldered Hawks. And don't forget to check out the Delta Ponds which is home to birds, turtles and otters.|
|If you're near Oakridge or the McKenzie River region, follow the Oregon Cascades Birding Trail and discover area birds in the spectacular scenery of the Cascade Mountains. Back at the coast, the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area in Florence hosts an expansive stretch of dunes and coastline where Great Horned Owls, Downy Woodpeckers, and Northern Harriers can be spotted.|